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Brewed by:
Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
Germany
schlenkerla.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Facts on Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche:

*brewed with 100% Schlenkerla Oak Smoke Malt
*8% alcohol
*40 bitter units from finest aroma hops
*Bernstein (amber) color
Schlenkerla Oak Smoke will be available during Christmas time 2009 at our historic brewery tavern in Bamberg (first tapping Dec. 18th), and on draft as special import in the USA - please contact our US importer for availability.

Added by Bierman9 on 12-13-2009

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4.08
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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Julians in Providence RI

Pours a clear bright amber on the reddish side. Nice full light tan head stays aloft and creates beautiful lacing.

The nose is big of bacon, smoke, sweet rich malt. Makes me think of smokes Gouda too.

The flavor is not as intense as the aroma but I feel like that is a good thing. The flavor follows the nose but in a somewhat restrained way.

The body is medium and the carbonation is fine and silky. One of the nicest feeling brew that I've ever experienced.

This was really a treat. The bar had several other very nice offerings and I came close to ignoring those just to have another Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

what a sexy little bottle! bought this just for fun..clear light amber, almost no head.
smoked sweet coal, woody tannins and some malt highlights dominate the beer. pretty enjoyable, but having a sore throat, drinking a smoked beer was probably not a good idea. i'm not going to knock it too much for my dumb decision making. I'll come back to this with my next bottle..

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Photo of BarrelO
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: IPA-like amber body with a head that leaves little to no lacing.

S: Lots and lots of smoke, some fruitiness.

T: Even more smoke, some malt sweetness, a hint of clean noble hops.

M: Medium-bodied, somewhat sticky.

D: It's certainly unique, I'll give it that. But it's really hard to drink in any significant amount.

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Photo of mobrado
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oak, smoked sausage, leather, tobacco. The smoke is what it is. I'm not the biggest fan, but I can appreciate that this beer is well done. The Doppelbock underneath is a bit too sweet and one-dimensional and cannot fully stand up to the smoke. Needs food to pair it with, something that's very big and savory, but not too sweet in itself.

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Photo of gfreed
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with anything from Schlenkerla, this is akin to drinking a burning log. However, it's not as smoky as other beer from this brewery: the urbock is zillions of times smokier and, for that matter, hammier. Nonetheless, this one has plenty of smoke. There's no ham, however, so I guess that makes it... kosher? Quite tasty and rather low-key for a dopplebock: it doesn't have the boozy, malty smack that most others in this style have. That's a plus in my book, because it's that overtly alcoholic tinge that steers me away from most dopplebocks. If you're a fan of Schlenkerla, you must try this. But if you like your dopplebocks sweet and powerful, you are not worthy.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rough pour delivers a finger of faint yellowish head. The body is a solid brown. Little activity noticed in the beer, but the head leaves a decent ring up top and lacing tries to cling to the glass.

Smoked bacon is my first impression with this beer. There is a heavy, woody smoked smell with malt, and a bit of caramel.

Strong malt is quickly followed with layers of smoke. The first is reminiscent of a campfire. Then a smoked meat flavor comes in. This is all followed up by a light pleasant yet unrepentant booze flavor. Light grassiness is buried in between it all. The beer gets a sweet bread flavor added in as it warms up as well.

Medium bodied, this beer rolls smooth over the tongue. Carbonation is low, but that is no issue here.

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Photo of Philousa
2.51/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden orange, almost amber color, opaque with nearly no head retention. Then again, my fridge stays a bit colder than I'd like it to for the beer's sake due to the missus. The first thing I got in the nose was paste. Reminded me of kindergarten. Then I started thinking in terms of smoke and I realized it was just smokiness, like from a campfire. Some alcohol sting, and sweet, tart malt are in there too. No yeast or hops to speak of in the nose (or taste, for that matter). Sweet amber malt hits the tongue first, then super smoky flavors take over. I get some sweet nutiness in the finish but bitter smoke remains on the palate. A bit thick mouthfeel. Smooth, wet finish.

Sorry, but I just couldn't get paste out of my mind and that definitely affected my feelings of this beer. Although I had a bad reaction to the smell, the taste wasn't bad. It wasn't great, but it was interesting to say the least. I'm surprised this came from Germany. If I had to guess without knowing who made it, I'd have said Rogue because of the super strong smokiness. I appreciate what they are trying to do. I just wish I had it with some barbeque, as I think it would make a great pairing. Gotta give it to them for hiding the 8% so well, too. I wouldn't necessarily buy it again, but it was an interesting experience.

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Photo of smbslt
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Auburn with dark orange highlights and a healthy tan head.
The smoke, which is not unexpected dominates - makes it hard to detect the hops or any sweetness
The sweetness of the malt and the slightly astringent, alcohol-burn finish strung together with the smoke impresses the craft of the method.
Very smooth feel until the smoke reminds you that it is not going anywhere.
You'll love it or hate it but be impressed by the craftsmanship.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
5/5  rDev +22.5%

This one pours a nice cloudy umber color that has golden undertones. The head is a nice tan that is shallow but rich and leaves little to no lacing down the glass.

The nose is an interesting contrast of sweet malt, smoked malt and , spices and bread with citrus and a floral note that blends nicely.

The flavors are very pleasant and drier than I expected with the nose. The smoke is very prevalent and nicely balanced with the malt and hops. there is a contest of fruit, smoke and tartness that blends exceptionally well. It is as if a rauchbier and a sour are battling for dominance and yet settling on a divine concoction that is complex and superb. IF one thing were off this would not be a good beer. T Hat is why is is a great beer.

The mouthfeel is nicely balanced for the style allowing the complexity of this beer to bathe the palate without lingering to long.

Overall this is a fantastic beer and well worth drinking. I cannot recommend it enough. I will definitely be drinking this one again.

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Photo of sweethome
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is orange amber with a bit of chill haze. Virtually no head on pour - quite surprising. Quite still after pour.

Nose has upfront smoke complexity and candy sweetness, hint of maple syrup.

Thick and creamy entry. Smooth flow on palate, builds out with in a hint of hop bittering on outer palate. Smoke is rich and layered. As I consumed this, the flavors of bock beer opened up. Sweetness is balanced by the smoke and backing of hops. A slight noble hop flavor comes through on the finish.

Big and flavorful, packs an alcoholic kick but not at all boozy. Complexity is key, at mid-mouth I get a touch of chocolate malt mixing with the smoke, so flavorful and layered, nuances come out in a beer that is quite flavor forward.

Another great work of brewers art - my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Eiche is copper in color, with medium lacing, great clarity, and a dwindling head.

S: Oh how I love the smoke...pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and a touch of malty sweetness compose the bouquet. This Schlenkerla offering is noticeably less fragrant than I remember the others to be.

T: The label says this is a doppelbock, but don't believe it for a second, this is rauchbier through and through. The smoke is a quite a bit lighter than their marzen and bock, with more of a BBQ nuance instead of the bacon that is prevalent in their beers. The most intriguing part of this is that the malt profile pulls through, adding a sweetness that only further resembles BBQ in the form of the sauce.

M: Medium body, slightly oily, and lightly carbonated.

D: Another spectacular release from one of my most cherished breweries. This is something different, but still on base with the brewer's former lineup. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Whole Foods earlier today for $5.99.

Pours a rich amber maple syrup with a scant haze. Thin layer of white froth perched atop the liquid. Intriguing smokiness in the aroma reminds me of bbq ribs, perhaps a wood fireplace. Some rich malty sweetness is present in the background, far less apparent than the dominant smoke. Despite the strong smoke in the aroma, the flavor leans more towards your traditional dopplebock with caramel/toffee malty sweet, a subtle prune fruitiness, and a touch of herbal hops. Smoke is certainly here and lingers into the finish. Medium full body with a moderate low carbonation level. Overall an interesting blend of doppelbock and smoke beer, well-balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of dank203
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the smoke on this is incredible. I mean pure bacon/smoked meat aroma. never smelled anything like it. flavor repeats some of this with some sweeter malty aromas.

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Photo of plfahey
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium copper in color, slightly hazy, moderately low off white head with some lacing and fair retention.

Aroma-Smoke, oak, bacon, charcoal, this is the holy grail of smoked beer aroma. Very light toast and a little bit of sweet caramel perceptible as well. No hops. As it warms, it almost develops a hint of fruit in the aroma, like apple-wood smoked bacon.

Flavor-Slightly less smoke in the flavor allows other malt characteristics to shine through. Nutty, toasty, caramel, smoky, bready, yummy goodness. Perfectly balanced between smoke and malt characteristics. No hops. No notable alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel-Medium light mouthfeel. Medium low carbonation. Smooth as hell with some alcohol warmth.

This is such an awesome beer. I honestly think it's one of the best balanced smoked beers I've ever had. Fan-fucking-tastic.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pils glass.

Small fizzy white head that leaves behind a thin layer of retention. Very cloudy dark amber color.

Strong smoke aroma similar to my clothes the day after I sit around a campfire all night. A bit reminiscent of teriyaki beef jerky. Some burnt chicory wood like day after campfire in there as well.

A nice bit of mild hops comes through the smoke in the taste with some sweet malts to help balance. Much less one dimensional than my nose predicted, but don't get me wrong this is very much tasting like oak aged and smoked beef jerky.

Medium bodied with light but acceptable carbonation levels. Goes down alright for a smoke bomb.

This is one of the rauchiest beers I've tried to date. Pretty good, if you can handle the smoke!

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

November 4, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – A very dark amber, not quite turning to brown, all the way through. Fairly clear, with some dark gold highlights. Mildly frothy, light tan head, low to moderate retention.

S – Smoked light wood, oak or beech. Some light hop bitterness. Otherwise pretty malty, a bit juicy. Smoke is really so prominent as to mask the rest.

T – Smoke, very mild, really more on the nose. Caramel, toffee, warm toasted bread, actually a lot of dark sugar-type sweetness. Some very mild to moderate bitterness, almost all on the finish. For all the sweetness, the smoke provides a nice counterbalance.

M – Low carbonation, a fairly juicy backbone, with a touch of dryness on the finish.

O – The smoke really defies the doppelbock category, but otherwise is a great example of the base style. Smoke is mild enough to allow its inclusion, but it’s a unique entry. Very good beer, seems to accomplish its intended goal very well.

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Photo of FFreak
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Going back to my roots with this. Definitely something different from the parade of IPAs. Poured into a tall tulip - clear dark brown with a finger or so of tan, fluffy head. Smoke, bacon, and some caramel in the nose. Smokey malt and sweet roasted malt combine with caramel and toffee in the taste. Mouth is great. Overall, delicious and a welcome change from the usual fare around my homestead.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber in color and pretty clear. This one has a just off white head which does not build up very much but has ok retention... lacing is better than ok.

S: When I opened the bottle I got an immediate skunky (clear bottle) heineken aroma. Up close it's pretty much gone. In place the bouquet has smoke and lots of it. Fried bacon and campfire.

T: Coming up a bit flat I wonder if this has suffered from light pollution. Just the same there is a smokey presence which does not smash the palate. Sweet biscuit and subtle (but present) smokey bacon jam. The finish is just north of sweet.

M: Lighter than I would have anticipated but still pretty sticky.

O: This is a disappointing one for me and I do wonder if its been subject to the elements. I would go to their Urbock over this beer any day of the week. It seems to carry few things which I associate with its doppelbock style.

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Photo of KDawg
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a stein. Pours a dark orange color with a small and foamy head

very smoked based aromas as would be expected from a smoke beer. Good aromas as well of navel oranges, malts and some caramel aromas as well

fuller bodied with lots of smoke flavors that are expected. Good flavors and a very nice feel with flavors of smoke, malts and dark oranges

I love the smoke flavors from aecht. This carries it through very well along with excellent flavors on both the aromas and feel.

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Photo of curasowa
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy brown-ish copper color with one finger of head that fades slowly with a nice curtain of lace.

Aroma: Lots of smoke that reminds me of apple wood smoked bacon. Really no other aroma can penetrate through the smoke.

Taste: Full bodied and creamy, with nice nutty malt sweetness before the smoked flavors take over. This really reminds me of drinking smoked/cured meat. A bit of hop bitterness towards the back end, before a slightly oily, lingering finish.

The Rest: Very tasty; an excellent rauchbier!

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Photo of Zimbo
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the moment the cap is sprung it drifts a light smoky meatiness which is deep and delicious but no where near as pungent as I expected.
Even half inch head tops a beautiful clear cyrstal copper colour which deflates despite leaving some complex Rorschach test type lacing.
To taste, whoa. Tastes as it smells despite some risidual fizziness which cuts through the mediumish body and is firm and reasonably dry. There is also a degree of softness knitted in there too. The restrained lucious roasted meaty quality is beautifully integrated producing a truly earth shattering finesse and balance. Just mouthwatering. Can barely believe it is 8%ABV.

Truly truly delicious. Just want to drink this outside before a roaring fire with a plate of quality Aufscnitt.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness date. Poured into my Eiche balloon glass. My really vigorous pour resulted in a very sudsy cream colored head, though no larger than a finger high. It recedes fairly quickly after a minute or two and leaves the beautiful ruby-colored beer bare on top. The clarity is decent, but kind of hazed. Honestly would love to give this beer a higher score for appearance just because the color is so spectacular, but 8% ABV isn't high enough to account for a missing head in my opinion.

It comes as no surprise that this Bamburg beer shows off a heaping smoke aroma. Very nice smoked malts that are not overly aggressive and still allow the rich malt aroma to shine through in the background. Notes of autumn leaves on fire, sweet sherry and plum skins.

Really great tasting beer! The smoked malts are delicate and far from over-bearing. They lend a meatiness to the sweet malt flavor, which is lightly balanced by Hallertau hops in the backend. Also, the smoke really shows up in the exhale and aftertaste. It lends a "woodiness" to the flavor that I really dig and it reminds me of a great scotch.

The beer has very modest carbonation and by the end of the glass it feels flat. The gentle carbonation does give the beer a much softer impression, which the medium body helps contribute to, and I will say that this does not seem like a beer that clocks in at 8% ABV!

This smoked doppelbock is superbly balanced. There is no denying the smoked malt here, but it is so controlled and it lets the rich malt sweetness shine through, which brings its own character to the table as well. I would revisit this beer anytime. Very good, and I easily downed that 500mL bottle by myself.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip with a moderately aggressive hand. No date on the bottle. Classic Schlenkerla font on the label.

A: Amber/copper colored body with good clarity and 1 finger of off-white head. Thin coating at 2 minutes. Light lacing.

S: That is a nice quality, complex smoke! Campfire. Peat. Bacon. Under the smoke there is a nice round malt with a bit of light fruitiness.

T: Full sweet malt up front with a transition to a mild German hop bitterness. Semi-dry finish. The woody smoke is prominent throughout and nicely present on the finish. Roasted malt. Light fruit. Smoked meat. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a moderate to light body. Smooth, but was hoping for a bit more substantial feel given it's classification.

O: Nice Rauchbier for sure. Smoke quality is superb, but could have used a bit bigger of a beer to back it up. Drinks more like a marzen than a doppelbock. Is it better than the usual Schlenkerla Marzen? Not sure, but probably. I believe I appreciated the complexity of the smoke a bit more with this one.

Prost!

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.76/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

8% ABV and $5.29/500ml bottle...

Pours a purty dense, syrupy-looking amber. Not much of a head forms, but the lacing is quite nice considering. When you pour this beer, it's like stepping into a medieval German home in Winter: it's like the vents are closed on the fireplace. It's smoky...SMOOOKY!!! That aroma is so robust and dominant you can't smell anything else. It's crushing. This must have been what that Franco kid smelled like - only Humboldtier...There are underpinnings of malt and such in there, but they are impossible to locate amdist the flames...

Flavor is also very smoky. It's tastes like when you leave your jacket to close to the fire around X-mas....You get home and the next day it smells like the fireplace. The initial busrt of flavor is very nice - a rich, malty Dopplebock. But it is immediately crushed by the Thor's Hammer of smoke. This beer finishes bitter from the smoke and what I can only assume are hops, and it's not awesome.

To liken this to a movie - I'd call it the "Up in Smoke" of beer. To liken it to a woman I'd call it the Snookie of beer - it's got only one trick and it's not even that great at it...

What I like most: The crazy unique flavor profile.

What I like least: The complete one dimensional nature of it.

Verdict: Too expensive to be worth it, and too unique to be an everyday beer. Really a novelty only.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours copper with a ring of white head around the glass. Leaves a small amount of lacing after each sip.

S: Smells like pulled pork braised in a doppelbock and smoked. Incredible aroma. Pure smoked, malty sweetness with bacon aromas somehow. The smoke just takes it over the top and really makes this beer something special.

T: Sweet and savory, with a fair amount of smoke. Barbeque is definitely a big flavor here. Some tobacco and an herbaceous flavor. Malt profile is strong, not too much on the bittering end which is nice.

M: Like opening a wood smoke grill and inhaling after taking a swig of doppelbock. Absolutely incredible.

O: Can't help but give this a 5 overall, simply blew any smoked beers I've had previously out of the water. At such a great price, I'll be sure to pick more of this up.

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